The Dillon Herald, Dillon South Carolina
April 22, 1920, Vol. 24, No. 32
William George Edwards
William George Edwards died at the home of his son, Sam Edwards, near Latta
Sunday 21st, and was buried at the Mace Cemetery, near here, by the side of
his wife Monday afternoon. The Rev. J. H. Graves conducted the burial
services at the grave.
William Edwards was born in Marion, Dec. 1, 1846, at the old George Edwards
home which still stands. He was a citizen of the town until his marriage to
Miss Lucinda Mace, December 1873 since which time he has lived here and at
Latta. He was a son of George Edwards who came from Virginia many years ago,
and settled in Marion, when quite a young man. The older people of Marion
will remember George Edwards as an expert brick mason and plasterer and he
with the late W. J. Dickson a skilled carpenter and contractor, before the
war and many years afterward, built many of the best dwellings in Marion and
all over the county. Many of these homes stand today as monuments to the
skill and efficiency of these two faithful workers. Like his father and
grandfather, Wm. Edwards learned the trade of brick mason and plasterer when
quite young, and was equally as skilled and faithful a workman. He was a
born mechanic and when a boy, fashioned a complete toy steam engine which
would run on its own steam. He kept a shop all his life equipped with all
necessary tools and could repair or make any part of a gun, pistol or sewing
machine, being an expert worker of steel and brass. In December 1873 he
married Miss Lucinda Mace and settled at the original Mace home near here.
His wife died in 1896 leaving five children Dr. Henry S. Edwards, a prominent
physician of Latta, Mrs. J. D. Haseldon, now deceased, Maggie who first
married the late Ernest McCall and then married a Mr. Claske and now lives in
Kansas City Missouri, Mrs. Carrie Blackwell of Greeleyville and Samuel
Edwards a successful farmer who owns the Col. J. B. Bethea place near Latta
and Sellers. When only 16 years of age he was a member of Company D 7th
Battalion S. C. Reserves, and saw service at Florence S. C., guarding
prisoners and afterwards on the coast of South Carolina and in front of
Sherman in his march across the state. He was a modest retiring disposition
and had no enemies but a host of friends who lament his death.
Peace to his ashes.
J. C. Sellers
Submitted by Helen Moody, 8 May 2002.
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